After scoring a convincing victory over Sergey Fedchenko on Sunday, World Boxing Organization interim junior welterweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez is talking about Manny Pacquiao once again.
Marquez, who scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Fedchenko in Mexico, said that he is looking to return to the ring as early as July 14 and he is hoping that he will get another shot against pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.
“I hope to get news about a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao, sooner than later,” Marquez said. “The main reason for me to continue is that I want a rematch with Manny and that is the main factor for me to come back.”
However, Top Rank big boss Bob Arum turned down the possibility since Pacquiao, the reigning WBO Welterweight Champion, is scheduled to fight Timothy Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas.
According to Arum, he believes that a fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez is inevitable and may be scheduled on November, since the Mexican slugger is the only likely opponent for Pacquiao if a Floyd Mayweather fight will not be arranged this year.
“I got a sense from Manny that he would do a rematch with Juan Manuel, but not as his next fight,” Arum said. “I don’t think that Mayweather will be available in the fall to fight Manny. He certainly doesn’t indicate that he wants to fight Manny.”
With Pacquiao out of the picture for Marquez on his planned July 14 bout, another Filipino boxer could get a shot against “Dinamita” on July.
Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta, who scored an emphatic eighth-round knockout win against Colombian Oscar Cuero on Sunday in Las Vegas, is being considered by Arum to fight Marquez on July 14 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
According to Gesta, Arum told him that he will be stepping on the ring once again in July 14 in Dallas. Although, his opponent was not revealed, it is highly likely that Arum will give the undefeated Filipino a title shot against Marquez.
However, Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios, who are both aching to get a shot at Marquez, could spoil the potential Marquez-Gesta showdown on July.
Undefeated in his 33 fights, Alvarado believes that he is the most deserving opponent for Marquez, especially after an impressive performance against Mauricio Herrera, whom he defeated via 10-round unanimous decision on Sunday.
Rios, on the other hand, is also being considered to face Marquez, despite an unimpressive and controversial split-decision win over Richard Abril on Saturday.